Originally Posted by TonyB79
any show centered around a large chunk of information that deliberately has to be kept from the audience for a long period of time (cough*Lost*cough) is going to be manipulative.
That comparison means you either didn't watch LOST, or have have forgotten most of it. Regardless of one's thoughts on the final stretch, LOST told a compelling mini-story almost every week while answering numerous mysteries in satisfying fashion ("What's in the hatch?", "Who are The Others?", "Who's in the coffin?", and so on).
THE KILLING collapsed into parody during season -one-. "Is this person the killer? No.", "Is this person the killer? No.", "This person HAS to be the killer, right? Nuh-uh." is not compelling, it's a bad joke. Throw in some eye-rolling dialogue ("He was wet, soaking wet. Like he' d been in the water.”) and some incredibly lazy plot twists (two girls in Seattle both having the same Grand Canyon shirt, the politician's email magically checking itself every millisecond AND sounding an air raid siren for new mail, etc etc etc), and you have a show that deserved every derisive word it got.
The leads and solid directing tricked me briefly into thinking it was a good show. Now, in terms of quality or rating, I just don't get why anyone would bring it back. But hey, if you enjoy it, great. If they're going to make another season, someone should get something out of it!